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The Heart ♥ Emoji (for love) is top word, Pope Francis topped by Ebola as top name, “Hands Up, No Shoot” is top phrase
For the first time ever the most used word of the year is actually not a word – it’s a graphic symbol. The heart-shaped emoji topped an annual survey by the Global Language Monitor, having appeared billions of times a day around the world. READ MORE
“Weird Al” Yankovic parody of Robin Thicke’s raunchy Blurred Lines teaches proper English.
The satirist’s latest release ‘Word Crimes’ is a spoof on Al’s pet peeve – poor grammar. Yankovic says he chose a theme which was deliberately contrary to the contentious sexually-charged video which accompanies Robin Thicke’s 2013 single ‘Blurred Lines’.
What could be more surprising than an English lesson?
Yankovic is a self-confessed ‘grammar nerd’ and here are his English language learning tips: READ MORE
“Mob football” was popular in medieval England. It involved an unlimited number of players, a pig’s bladder and very few rules. Due to its destructive nature, it was banned by King Edward II in 1314: “There is great noise in the city caused by hustling over large balls…we forbid… on pain of imprisonment, such game to be used in the city in the future.”
Mob football is the name given to some varieties of Medieval football, which emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages. Mob football was a local tradition in some places, and was often an annual event. Typically there were an unlimited number of players and very few rules. By some accounts, in some such events any means could be used to move the ball towards the goal, as long as it did not lead to manslaughter or murder.
Mob football is a forerunner of modern football such as rugby football, gridiron football and association football. However, the ancient style of football is still played in some parts of the United Kingdom, notably at Christmas and New Year.
Beautiful lady or deadly poison?
Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist, and satirist. Today, he is probably best known for his short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon The Devil’s Dictionary. Born June 24, 1842, died December 26, 1913 (age 71) READ MORE
YOLO is an acronym for the phrase ‘You only live once.’ Similar to carpe diem or memento mori, it implies that one should enjoy life, even if that entails taking risks.
It’s grown in popularity over the last few years, gaining particular prominence in youth culture. Some view it as a ‘seize the day” mentality, others as an excuse for reckless behavior.
What do you think, will YOLO become more popular than SELFIE?